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Trilobite hut

Trilobite hut

Trilobites from Cobb Valley are the oldest-known fossils in New Zealand. They are marine fossils from the Cambrian period, living about 508 million years ago. The site of the original discovery is called Trilobite Rock and is now within Kahurangi National Park. Nearby Trilobite hut is named after the fossil locality – probably the only backcountry hut in New Zealand to be named after fossils.

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Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - Oldest fossils – Paleozoic', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Hamish Campbell, published 12 Jun 2006